Everything we know about Jay Slater's disappearance as 'massive search' takes place

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Authorities in Tenerife are preparing to hold "a massive search" for missing teenager Jay Slater today - nearly two weeks after he vanished.

Police appealed for volunteer associations, such as firefighters, and individual volunteers who were experts in rugged terrain to assist in a "busqueda masiva". However, the operation has already seen helicopters, drones and sniffer dogs deployed across mountainous areas of the Canary Islands.

The 19-year-old man, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, is known to have left the NRG music event in Tenerife by car with two men and stayed the night at an Airbnb in the rural area in the northwest of the island before vanishing on the morning of Monday, June 17. The teen was last heard from by his friend Lucy Mae Law, who claims he called her on the morning he went missing and said he was disorientated, needed water, and his phone was only one per cent charged.

Jay's devastated mum, Debbie Duncan, says she is "beside herself with worry" and convinced he has been kidnapped, while Jay's dad, Warren Slater said the teenager's disappearance "doesn't make sense." Investigators are now focusing on an area where Jay's mobile phone last "pinged" as they return to the ravine to look for him.

Leading British detective Mark Williams-Thomas, who investigated the disappearance of Nicola Bulley, has flown to Tenerife to aid the search - for free - and says the two men Jay was with on Sunday, June 16 hold further key information. They have spoken to police in Tenerife, but were allowed to return to the UK, Mr Williams-Thomas said.

Speaking on Wednesday, he said: "I have, to date, not been able to speak to a large group of witnesses. But there are two key people to date that I have not spoken to. These are the two men who took Jay back to the holiday rental in the hills. Those two men have spoken to the police and they are now back in the UK."

As the desperate search entered its 12th day on Friday, the Mirror recaps the full timeline of Jay's disappearance, highlighting what we already know, as well as the countless questions that have surfaced since the teenager's last known contact on June 17.

What we know so far about Jay Slater's disappearance

  • Monday June 17: Jay Slater goes missing in Tenerife

Jay Slater vanished on the morning of Monday, June 17, while on holiday in Tenerife with his friends Lucy and Brad. The trio had attended the three-day NRG music festival, which ended on Sunday, before Lucy and Brad headed back to their holiday accommodation, while Jay stayed out with two men he befriended that night.

The 19-year-old then returned with the men to their Airbnb in a remote part of Tenerife. According to Jay's friend Lucy Mae Law, Jay had called her on the morning he went missing and said he was disoriented, needed water, and that his phone was only one per cent charged.

  • Tuesday June 18: Family and friends fly to Tenerife as investigation is launched

Jay Slater was declared missing in British media on Tuesday, after the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) confirmed the investigation.

That same day, Jay's mum, Debbie Duncan, flew to Tenerife with his older brother Zac. Debbie said she was "beside herself with worry" and was convinced Jay had been kidnapped. She later revealed that twisted Brits with "northern accents" phoned her with hidden numbers, claiming they had her son captive and were keeping him because he owed them money.

  • Wednesday June 19: Search location changes after 'false lead'

Search and rescue teams in Tenerife switched their search from Rural de Teno Park, where Jay is believed to have stayed before suddenly vanishing, to touristy towns in the south after a suspected sighting of Jay. They then returned to the mountains after the sighting was found to be a false lead.

  • Thursday June 20: Footage emerges of Jay at Tenerife rave, GoFundMe is launched

New footage emerged of Jay at a rave in Tenerife moments before he went missing. In the clip, Jay is seen mingling with other partygoers at a packed-out nightclub as music blares in the background. On that same day, Jay's close pal Lucy Mae launched a GoFundMe page titled "Get Jay Slater home" with a target of raising £30,000.

  • Friday June 21: Jay seen walking 'alone and fast', Spanish police reject British cops help

The Airbnb host of the property Jay stayed at before vanishing said she saw him walking "alone and fast" on the morning he went missing, just outside the remote village of Masca. Ophelia, the owner of the accommodation, said: "It's dangerous walking around here, it's easy to lose yourself. He walked up the road when I saw him for the last time. He was alone. He was walking normally, though he was fast."

Spanish police later rejected British cops' help in the search for Jay. Lancashire Police confirmed the Guardia Civil in Tenerife declined the force's offer to help, despite close friends confirming that "no updates" could be shared following the deployment of helicopters, drones and sniffer dogs.

  • Saturday June 22: Fundraiser to 'Find Jay Slater' surpassed £30,000 in donations

Over the weekend, a GoFundMe page set up to raise money for the family of Jay Slater surpassed its goal of £30,000, just three days after it was launched. Jay's mum Debbie revealed on Monday that the money was being used to the cover expenses of Jay's friends and family, including the trip to Tenerife and accommodation.

  • Sunday June 23: Jay Slater's dad arrives in Tenerife

Jay's dad, Warren Slater, arrived in Tenerife on Sunday and said the disappearance of his son "doesn't make sense." Along with his other son Zak and family friend Rachel Hargreaves, Warren revealed he was putting up missing posters around the village of Santiago del Teide and that police were pursuing "every lead".

Leading British detective Mark Williams-Thomas, who investigated the disappearance of Nicola Bulley, said he could get answers on Jay Slater 'in three days' as he offered to join Spanish police in Tenerife urgently.

  • Monday June 24: Search location changes for a fourth time, leading British cop offers help and possible CCTV footage of Jay emerges

A full week since Jay was reported missing, rescue teams returned to a ravine where his phone last "pinged". Prior to this, investigators were focusing on three key areas, including a ravine around 100 metres below the Airbnb he stayed at, as well as mountains between Masca and San Jose, and Masca and Las Portelas.

Jay's family also shared a new CCTV image showing a possible sighting of him in Tenerife. The grainy image is understood to have been captured in Santiago del Teide at about 6pm on Monday night, ten hours after he was last confirmed to have been seen in the village of Masca.

Investigators in Tenerife say they are "totally focused" on the hunt for Jay and will not be side-tracked by criticism from his friends. Civil Guard officers insisted they would not let the attacks stop them from their "priority" of continuing to work on finding the missing 19-year-old.

  • Tuesday June 25: Ex-Nicola Bulley investigator Mark Williams-Thomas lands in Tenerife and vows to 'track down' two key men

Former British cop Mark Williams-Thomas arrived in Tenerife to help the family. The experienced investigator, who has probed a string of high-profile missing persons cases, including Nicola Bulley's disappearance, was spotted on the island where the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer was last seen. He had reached out to Jay's mother Debbie Duncan, 55, on Sunday offering his help and is now working for them, free of charge, to find out what has happened to their son.

Speaking before the family accepted his help, Mr Williams-Thomas had said he believed he could get answers for the relatives within just three days. He also vowed to "track down" the two British men Jay is said to have stayed with at a holiday rental the night before he vanished.

  • Tuesday June 25: Further police officers arrive from Madrid to assist in the search

Detectives leading the search in Tenerife called in reinforcements from Madrid. Officers from the Civil Guard's canine unit were already on the island with sniffer dogs, but it was announced more specialist dogs and their handlers had flown in from the Spanish capital to aid the search efforts.

A Spanish force spokesman told reporters: "The Civil Guard is continuing with the search operation for the young British man who went missing near the Masca area of the municipality of Buenavista del Norte in which different units are participating. In addition today several dog trainers and their expert dogs who have transferred from Madrid have joined the search. These dogs are specifically trained in searching for people over large swathes of land."

A 51-year-old hiker, from Scotland, was found on Tuesday during the search too. But David Larkin said he didn't need the help of authorities. He said he didn't "want to appear ungrateful" and "thanked them for their concern but I was fine".

  • Wednesday June 26: Jay Slater 'is spotted watching Euros in Tenerife,' claim locals

It was reported Jay may have been spotted in Tenerife watching Euros matches. Several locals in the town of Santiago del Teide said they believed they may have spotted the teenager in the days following his disappearance.

Mayor Emilio Jose Navarro said some locals who reported sightings of Jay have already been interviewed by police, including a few who think they may have seen Jay on the coast watching Euros matches.

  • Wednesday June 26: Mark Williams-Thomas delivers press conference - but says Spanish police told family members not to talk to the media

In a press conference, detective Mr Williams-Thomas admitted Spanish authorities had advised Jay's loved ones against talking to the media. So, on their behalf, he thanked reporters and expressed the importance of continued coverage.

The 54-year-old professional said he was keen to speak to two "key" people who would have last seen the teenager. The former police added: "I need to speak to those people because they are the last people, other than the owner of the holiday rental, that saw Jay."

"I believe they have crucial information that may enable us to find out what has happened to Jay. They were in the bars of the strip area, certainly, for two days, they mixed with Jay and Jay's group of friends that were there."

"They spent a number of time in the bars there, they say that they drank Hennessy, which was their preferred drink. I know the nickname of one of those individuals. I have a photograph of that individual."

  • Thursday June 27: Jay Slater's mum confirms GoFundMe funds being withdrawn in major update

The mum of missing teenager Jay Slater said funds from her son's GoFundMe page, which had surpassed £36,000 in donations, were being withdrawn.

In a new major update shared with fundraisers, Debbie Duncan said: "Hi everyone, this is Debbie again. First, I would like to thank everyone for your support, kind messages, and good wishes. It's difficult to wrap our heads around what is happening right now, but we are not losing hope that we will find Jay and return home together."

"We are currently working with GoFundMe to withdraw part of the funds, which are being safely held. I wanted to share that these funds will be used to support the mountain rescue teams who are tirelessly searching for Jay."

  • Thursday June 27: Concerns Jay Slater 'wouldn't have survived had he got lost in the mountains'

It was reported that it is "unlikely" the missing man will be found alive in Tenerife if he got lost in the mountains. It came as Spanish police had no plans to stop the huge search operation for the 19-year-old apprentice bricklayer. Speaking on day 11 of the search, a police spokesman said: "The Civil Guard is continuing to search for the young British man who disappeared, carrying out inspections of all the paths, trails and ravines belonging to the village of Masca within the municipality of Buenavista del Norte."

The force on Wednesday also released footage showing officers moving on foot through some of the rough and remote terrain and others carrying out aerial inspections in the Civil Guard helicopter. It is feared Jay may have got lost in remote mountains.

  • Friday June 28: Jay Slater's best friend says the teen's last phone call was 'cut off' by mystery caller

Jay Slater's best friend detailed the last conversation he had with the missing teen before their phone call was cut short. Crime journalist Isla Traquair spoke to one of the last people to hear from the holidaymaker before he disappeared - one of his closest friends Brad Hargreaves.

Appearing on Friday's instalment of This Morning, Brad detailed the last promise Jay made to him before their conversation ended. Brad was sadly one of the last people to have spoken to Jay prior to his disappearance.

What we don't yet know about Jay Slater's disappearance

  • Where is Jay Slater?

As the search for Jay Slater enters its second week, Tenerife police have said they are doing everything they can to locate him with the help of emergency rescue teams. Jay's last definitive location has been traced to Rural del Teno, a mountainous area in the west of the island.

His friend Lucy said Jay "ended up in the middle of nowhere" after befriending two Brits and returning to their Airbnb. She told how Jay went "to a friend's house, someone that he has met on holiday. One of the people he has met has hired a car out of here, so he's driven them back to his apartment and Jay has gone there not realising how far away it is.

She added: "He's ended up out in the middle of nowhere. Jay was obviously thinking he would be able to get home from there."

  • What was Jay's state of mind?

After arriving in Tenerife, Jay's mum Debbie provided extra concerning details about her son and his potential inability to look after himself on the night he disappeared. Debbie shared fears her son "didn't have his wits about him", adding that Jay is "not really a drinker", but that on the last night of the three-day rave event in Tenerife, he had been drinking spirits. She said she warned Jay to be careful before he headed off on his first holiday with friends abroad, but fears he may not have been able to look after himself properly.

  • Was there a third party involved in the disappearance of Jay Slater?

While police have are yet to confirm any third-party involvement in Jay's disappearance, the 19-year-old had met two men, who have been described as British, during the NRG music festival. He then decided to stay with them at their Airbnb in a remote part of Tenerife, while his friends went back to their usual accommodation. The two men have reportedly flown back to the UK after being briefly questioned by Tenerife police.

Jay's friend, Lucy Mae, managed to track the men down at their Airbnb before they left, using photo clues from Jay's Snapchat, which revealed his location. She said: "They seemed startled and surprised that I had found them, and I asked them where Jay was."

"They said he had gone out to try and look for cigarettes and then come back and said he was leaving to try and get a bus back into town. They just seemed shocked that I had managed to find them and I know the police have spoken to them but I've since found out they have left the country. They need to be spoken to properly."

  • Why did Jay Slater opt for an 11-hour walk over a two-hour bus ride back to the city?

Jay reportedly decided against waiting two hours for a bus that would have taken him back into town. Witness Ophelia Medina Hernandez said she saw the teenager at around 8am standing by a bus stop just outside of the village of Masca. The Airbnb host said he had asked her about buses back to Los Cristianos.

She explained: "I held up my fingers on my hands to say 10am as he didn't understand me then I went home briefly before driving up the mountain to Buenavista del Norte, but this time I saw him walking on the road out of the village. It was no more than ten or fifteen minutes after I had spoken to him and he was about a kilometre from the house. I drove past him and that's the last I saw him."

Despite there being a main road nearby, questions have surfaced as to why Jay appeared to instead wander into the wilderness. His friend Lucy Mae said: "What I don't understand is if he did walk down then why wasn't he seen by anyone? It's a busy time of day, the place is full of hikers and holidaymakers, he could have asked them for help or stopped somewhere but no one has seen him at all."

  • Was Jay Slater kidnapped?

Jay's devastated mum Debbie told how she was convinced her son had been kidnapped and was being held against his will. His friend Lucy Mae, also believes Jay is being "held against his will." She explained that Jay was "not stupid" and would have tried to flag a car down to find his way back to the area where he was staying. The more time passes and he has not been seen, then the more we are convinced he has been taken by someone and is being held against his will."